JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Findley, who spent 22 years in Congress, has died at age 98.
The State Journal-Register reports that Findley died Friday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois.
The newspaper reports that Findley supported civil rights, opposed the Vietnam War, advocated for agriculture and engagement with Palestinians and others in the Arab world.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called Findley “an elected official who showed exceptional courage in tackling the age-old controversies in the Middle East.”
Durbin, a Democrat, defeated Findley in 1982 for a House seat.
Paul Findley was born in Jacksonville. He graduated from Illinois College and was a Navy lieutenant in the Pacific during World War II. He was elected to Congress in 1960.
Findley is survived by a son, Craig; a daughter, Diane; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL 13 District) released the following statement:
“Paul was a loyal friend and mentor to so many of us in Illinois politics,” said Davis. “I last had the privilege of seeing Paul when I was added to the former Illinois College students’ wall at the Findley Congressional Office Museum. His dedication to Illinois College and the entire Jacksonville community was immeasurable. Paul’s work to further agriculture, his love for Abraham Lincoln, and willingness to stand up for what he believed in are just some of the qualities I admired most about Paul. Paul’s service and positive impact on Illinois politics will be long lasting. My thoughts and prayers are with his children and family as they mourn this great loss.”Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL 13 District)